10 Aug

Southport Connecticut – Reported by Elite Travele

first_imgSouthport, Connecticut – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIt takes a striking space and a special design touch to stand out at an address filled with one-of-a-kind accommodations, and the new Woodward-Newman Presidential Suite at the Delamar Southport in Southport, Connecticut, has all that and more. The 2,900-square-foot Presidential-style accommodation spreads across the hotel’s top floor with three bedrooms, and unfolds as a captivating setting for multiple uses, including weekend getaways, long-term stays, executive-style meetings and events from baby showers to dinner parties and Sweet 16 celebrations.The Woodward-Newman Suite is named for local legends Joanne Woodward and the late Paul Newman, who called nearby Westport home. The celebrity couple’s philanthropic efforts – most notably supporting the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children – have long served as inspiration and a charitable cause for managing partner of Greenwich Hospitality Group and owner of Delamar Southport, Charles Mallory.Continuing the tradition of employing multiple designers to create individual spaces throughout the hotel, Mallory enlisted local interior designer Rebecca Hathaway Lynch to fashion the Woodward-Newman Suite with chic New England-inspired décor, custom and locally sourced furnishings, a gorgeously textured palette and surprising details that comfort at every turn. Though based in Southport, Lynch remains greatly influenced by an illuminating 18-year residence in Milan and London. She set out with a singular vision for a functional space that would have guests feel at home with just a step inside the door.Lynch further tapped into area boutiques, such as Tiger Lily’s in Greenwich, as well as antique dealers and estate sales for unique furnishings, many of which she had restored or recast. She thoughtfully selected pieces from Mallory’s personal collection of original art for just the right works to suit the elegant space, from a classic English landscape over the fireplace in the living room, to contemporary works in the front hall, and an original 1950s Paul Newman movie poster in the office library.Delamar Southport welcomes guests to indulge in the new Woodward-Newman Suite to celebrate any occasion with the Private Pied-à-Terre package, which includes: two nights’ accommodation, use of a new 2012 Mercedes-Benz for the weekend courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, signature cocktails and charcuterie plate for two served in the suite, private concierge service and complimentary breakfast for two each morning. The Private Pied-à-Terre package starts at $2,500 a night.The Woodward-Newman Presidential Suite is available for $2,200 a night. Rates at Delamar Southport start from $259. For reservations or more information, please call (866) 335-2627 or visit www.delamarsouthport.comlast_img read more

21 Jul

Hudsons Bay chairmans buyout bid pits retail against real estate

first_img June 24, 201912:21 PM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Sale lease-back arrangements in which retailers sell their properties and become tenants have become increasingly popular in the past few years as the downturn in brick-and-mortar retail brought about by the rise of internet shopping has put pressure on retailers to raise cash.However, some retailers resist them because they view the rent obligation as burdensome, a stance that often attracts investor criticism. Another department store operator, Macy’s Inc., for example, was pressured by hedge fund Starboard Value LP three years ago to do more to cash out on its real estate.Even if Toronto-Dominion Bank blesses an offer from Baker’s consortium and the board committee negotiating a deal approves it, the acquisition still faces some hurdles.A majority of the shareholders who are not affiliated with the buyout consortium have to vote for it; they account for about 21.5 per cent of the company’s shareholder base. Opponents could still challenge the deal in court when the company seeks approval for it before a judge under the Canada Business Corporations Act.But successful legal challenges of deals that have followed the process for management buyouts outlined by the Ontario Securities Commission, as Hudson’s Bay is seeking to do, are rare.“Most of these deals get done once they get board approval and a transaction agreement gets signed,” said Jeremy Fraiberg, chair of the mergers and acquisitions group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Recommended For YouUPDATE 2-Canada posts C$762 mln trade surplus in MayVodafone launches 5G in Britain with unlimited data plansUPDATE 2-Twitter to deemphasize, label politician tweets that break its rulesLoonie nears eight-month high on surprise swing to trade surplusTrump rips tech firms at ‘free speech’ summit Comment Reddit Share this storyHudson’s Bay chairman’s buyout bid pits retail against real estate Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Facebook Hudson’s Bay’s most recent public estimate for the value of its real estate was in September 2018, when CEO Helena Foulkes pegged it at $28 per share. Baker has offered about a third of that because he argues that the company would have to all but liquidate to achieve all the real estate value.Toronto-Dominion Bank, which has been hired by a Hudson’s Bay board committee to independently evaluate the take-private deal, will recommend whether the company should accept the offer as fair, or reject it and try to negotiate further.The board committee excludes representatives of Baker’s buyout consortium and is granted power to prevent any deal, even if the prospective acquirers otherwise control the company. In an illustration of this, a special board committee sank the hopes of Nordstrom Inc’s founding family group last year to take the U.S. department store operator private, after it rejected their US$8.4 billion offer.The methodology Toronto-Dominion Bank uses to value the bid for Hudson’s Bay will be key to the outcome and will be scrutinized heavily by shareholders. The bank will likely be assessing how comparable companies’ shares trade, research similar deals and consider how much a financial buyer like a private equity firm would pay, said Andrey Golubov, a professor of finance at the University of Toronto.“It’s not done just to justify the offer. That said, valuation is not a science,” Golubov said.Hudson’s Bay declined to comment, as did a spokesman for Baker’s buyout consortium. Spokespeople for TD Bank did not respond to requests for comment.The consortium’s acquisition would still face hurdles The success of Hudson’s Bay Co. executive chairman Richard Baker’s $1.3 billion bid to take the department store operator private hinges on whether an independent valuator will view the company more as a retailer and less as a real estate owner, say corporate governance experts and analysts.Much of Hudson’s Bay’s value is locked up in its real estate. Were the company to sell off some properties to raise cash, it could fetch more than what Baker offered, but would then be forced to pay rent to run some of its stores.Baker’s buyout consortium, which already owns 57 per cent of Hudson’s Bay, has made a $9.45 per share offer for the remainder of the Canadian company, a 48 per cent premium to the price at which the stock was trading before the announcement. Activist investor blasts Hudson’s Bay Co chairman’s offer to take retailer private as ‘woefully inadequate’ How Hudson’s Bay can avoid becoming the next Sears Hudson’s Bay posts wider-than-expected loss on fewer stores, lower sales at Lord & Taylor However, some of the minority shareholders, including hedge fund Land & Buildings Investment Management LLC, say they value the company’s assets at between $28 and $33 per share. Hudson’s Bay shares ended trading on Friday at $9.73, above the $9.45 offer price, as investors bet on a sweetened bid.The big valuation gap is due to disagreements over how much of Hudson’s Bay’s prime real estate can be divested while keeping it operational. Selling off property raises cash but also makes it more financially burdensome for the company to rent the space for the stores it operates. As a result, it would likely close stores, and its retail footprint would begin to shrink.“There is judgment to be exercised on the valuation, which can always be challenging,” said Catherine McCall, the executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, an organization representing institutional shareholders in Canadian public companies.Hudson’s Bay operates 39 stores under its Saks Fifth Avenue brand, 133 stores under its Saks OFF 5th brand, more than 40 stores under the Lord + Taylor banner, 90 Hudson’s Bay department stores, as well as 37 stores in Canada which the company plans to close this year under the Home Outfitters brand.Hudson’s Bay’s trophy asset is the Saks Fifth Avenue building in Manhattan, which this year completed a US$250 million renovation.The consortium has offered a third of the previous real estate estimate because the company would have to all but liquidate to achieve all the real estate value 1 Commentscenter_img Jessica DiNapoli and Harry Brumpton Twitter Email More Hudson’s Bay chairman’s buyout bid pits retail against real estate Critical balance of how much property can be sold off while still allowing stores to remain operational Were the company to sell off some properties to raise cash, it could raise more than the consortium’s offer, but the company would then have to pay rent to run some of its stores.Peter J. 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